Diamondbacks Trends for 4/12-4/18: In A New York Minute...

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...everything can change. Taking two out of three games from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers is always a good thing. However, then losing two of three to the sort-of rival New York Yankees isn't the best way to kick off a nine-day, three-city, cross-country road trip. What happened in New York? It felt like deja vu all over again!

Starting Rotation

Player Trend Notes
Ian Kennedy
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Kennedy did not have his best stuff on Saturday. He struggled with location, giving up six runs on 10 hits and four walks. He didn't make it out of the 6th inning.
Trevor Cahill
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Cahill pitched a gem against the Dodgers and Josh Beckett, pitching into the 8th inning, allowing 6 hits, no walks and no runs. He didn't get the win, but the Diamondbacks won that game 1-0 in walkoff fashion.
Brandon McCarthy
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McCarthy pitched a little better in game one of the Yankees series. He still allowed quite a few baserunners on quite a few pitches, but kept them off the board until, as always, the one bad inning did him in. He allowed a 3-run home run in the 4th inning, which was his last of the day.
Wade Miley
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Wade pitched incredibly well for a third straight start. He was dealing, not necessarily striking out guys but keeping the Yankees off balance and off the basepaths. Then the 7th inning came and he kind of hit a wall. He gave up a bases-loaded-walk to score one run, and Tony Sipp relieved him and gave up a single to tie it. Miley deserved better for his outing (or at least the first six innings of it) than a ND.
Patrick Corbin
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Corbin held a powerful Dodger lineup to three hits and three walks in six innings, and held the Yankees to only two hits and three walks last night. One of those hits was a solo home run. Unfortunately, Putz gave up a tying HR in the 9th. Corbin, too, deserved so much more than a ND for his work!

Bullpen

Player Trend Notes
Heath Bell
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Bell's has struck out five of his last 11 batters, allowing three hits. His last 2.2 IP have been scoreless, though he did allow one inherited runner to score. Still, he's been more impressive of late, his ERA now down to an even 6.00.
Josh Collmenter
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Collmenter pitched one scoreless inning of work over the weekend against the Dodgers.
David Hernandez
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Hernandez pitched a 1-2-3 inning against Los Angeles, but he had a rocky time in New York. He allowed a solo home run to Travis Haffner for Wednesday's loss, and gave up two walks and a hit in Thursday's game and only managed to throw a scoreless inning because the batter swung at strike three that hit him in the ankle.
J.J. Putz
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It was J.J.'s turn to give up the solo home run last night, this time to tie the game and blow the save. Putz did have a save and a win in the Dodgers series.
Matt Reynolds
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Reynolds's scoreless streak continues, officially, though he gave up a run inherited from Kennedy on Saturday vs L.A. He got one out there, and pitched two scoreless innings in New York, striking out three.
Tony Sipp
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Sipp allowed a run last Saturday against L.A., and allowed two of Miley's runs to score Wednesday against the Yankees. He pitched a 1-2-3 12th inning for the win last night, his first of the year.
Brad Ziegler
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Ziegler did give up a crucial run in his inning in Tuesday's Yankees loss, but other than that pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.

Starting Lineup

Player Trend Notes
Gerardo Parra
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Parra was only 5-for-27 this week, a .185 average, with no RBI and just one extra base hit. With this slump, don't be surprised to see him dropped from the leadoff spot.
Martin Prado
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Since Saturday, Prado was mirred in a 1-for-13 slump before his home run Thursday night. His defense, no matter where he plays, has been superb.
Miguel Montero
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In a bigger slump is Miggy, 3-for-20 with six strikeous (plus four walks) - and just one RBI in the past six games.
Paul Goldschmidt
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Goldschmidt continues to mash the ball. Including going 0-for-3 on Friday, he hit a .375 clip this week - nine hits, two runs, and four RBI.
Cody Ross
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Ross came off the disabled list Saturday when Jason Kubel's injury became more apparent. He started defensively at first, went 0-for-4 in the Dodgers series, then went 7-for-14 against the Yankees. He only has two RBI, but if he keeps hitting, they'll start coming.
A.J. Pollock
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Pollock continues to prove why he doesn't think he should be just a 4th outfielder. He appeared in all six games this week, putting up five doubles in the five games before yesterday (in which he went 0-for-6).
Alfredo Marte
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Marte's short 3-game hitting streak was snapped, and he went 1-for-11 in three games this week. Even his BABIP was only .125.
Cliff Pennington
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Pennington struggled offensively this week, especially in New York, where was 0-for-11. All in all, 3-for-18 with eight strikeouts.

Bench

Player Trend Notes
Eric Chavez
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Chavvy did not really have a good week until his at-bat in the 12th inning last night. He smashed a double to the wall in right-center field, scoring three and padding the lead. He had two hits outside of that double.
Didi Gregorius
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Gregorius was recalled from the 15-day DL when Aaron Hill's broken hand became clear, although he had only played one game in the field with Reno. He got the start Thursday night and hit the first pitch he saw for a solo home run, then doubled in his next at-bat. He also reached on catcher's interference. (I don't think that counts towards the cycle.) Talk about off to a hot start!
Eric Hinske
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Hinske only got one start as the DH in New York, and he went 0-for-4. He was 1-for-3 with an RBI in pinch-hit appearances this week
Wil Nieves
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Nieves went 0-for-1 late in Saturday's loss. ... Yes, that's really it for the week. (You expected more?)
Josh Wilson
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With Hill on the DL, Wilson might get some more time at 2B, though the arrival of Gregorius will shift Penny over to 2B. Wilson seemed to strike out in clutch situations, but did get on base: he was 3-for-9 with a triple and two runs scored.

Disabled List

Player Trend Notes
Willie Bloomquist
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Progress cometh! Willie, battling a similar intercostal strain as last year, was hitting off a tee earlier this week.
Adam Eaton
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Eaton faced Daniel Hudson recently, and struck out and got a base hit. A win-win for both! Due back late May/early June.
Aaron Hill
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Hill was hit in the hand by James McDonald in the Pittsburgh series, and though x-rays and an MRI were negative, a CT scan taken a few days later showed a fraction. Initial estimates for his return were 6-8 weeks.
Daniel Hudson
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Dan faced live hitters at Extended Spring Training recently, and sounded like he was throwing well. Still looking at a mid-July return.
Jason Kubel
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Jason Kubel suffered a "left quadriceps injury" in Milwaukee running the bases, but was just placed on the DL on Sunday. It sounds like he might be back at the end of the month.

Stats run from 4/12 - 4/18.

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